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Changes in Dubuque fireworks and air show

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque's big annual July 3 fireworks and air show in coming up on Sunday, but this year there are some big changes.

The festivities are moving from their usual location in the Bowling and Beyond parking lot to the city's nearby A.Y. McDonald Park.

People used to be able to leave their cars at the park overnight before the event so they would have them nearby after the fireworks. This year, however, the park will be closed to any public traffic.

That's according to Radio Dubuque general sales manager and event coordinator Perry Mason.

"I understand that the city would allow 66 cars and or boats in here for people to launch off the boat ramp. That won't be allowed this year," Mason said. "At 10 o'clock on Saturday, July 2, this park will close to all traffic."

He said this year, moving from the parking lot of Bowling and Beyond to A.Y. McDonald park means folks can't launch their boats from the park's ramp.

"So, if you're a boater and want to launch, you can go to the 16th Street boat ramp or the East Dubuque boat ramp and launch your boats there," Mason said.

Boats can only get close to the festivities after the air show, for safety's sake.

"At the completion of the air show, boaters will be let up the river. They can anchor on the east side of the red buoys," he said.

Maj. Dylan Thorpe is the A10 East demonstration pilot who will be leading the air show.

"We're going to do a heritage flight, which is kind of a symbolic representation of the Air Force past and the present, with the P51 being one of the most well-known historical WWII fighters, and then the A10, which is currently operating in Afghanistan, flying in formation together," he said.

It's not the only aerial display.

"The Golden Knights will be jumping into the A.Y. McDonald park down here," Mason said. "Our VIP section will be located here."

Despite some changes, parking will still be available, as always, in the usual Jaycees lots for $10.

Mason said the air show ceremony begins Sunday at 5:35 p.m. The fireworks are set for 9:46 p.m. and will go off at the same place as always.

KWWL will be out at A.Y. McDonald park, broadcasting live during for the 5 p.m. newscast.

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